Roberti Di Matteo will make a 35 million swoop to bring Napoli ace Edinson Cavani to Chelsea. The Blues boss is desperate to bring in another striker before the transfer deadline on August 31 and wants the Uruguay international.
But if the deal stalls Di Matteo could splash out £45m on his second choice — Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk. Cavani and Hulk have both been long-standing targets for Chelsea.
It is understood Blues will hold talks with both clubs next week when Chelsea’s top brass are in Monaco for the Champions League draw. Di Matteo said: “I don’t know if there will be new arrivals. We’re probably a bit light in attacking positions.”
Chelsea will take on Atletico Madrid in the European Supercup in Monaco on Friday week. Before that they are expected to have completed deals for Marseille’s £7m full-back Cesar Azpilicueta and Wigan’s £9m-rated Victor Moses.
But winger Gael Kakuta is likely to be moving out of Stamford Bridge — going to Marseille on loan. Chelsea can go top of the Premier League for the first time in almost two years tonight by beating newly promoted Reading at Stamford Bridge.